Zvuky Prahy / Sounds of Prague

terénní nahrávky, zvukové umění, rádio, zvukové procházky
field recordings, sound art, radio, sound walks

Fragile Rudolfinum

Creator: milos (Miloš Vojtěchov...)
Submitted: 2023-01-27
Recorded: 2023-01-27
Licence: Creative Commons Licence
Download: rudolf.mp3

In a famous story, Jiří Weil tells the story of how two employees of the municipality, Antonín Bečvář and Josef Stankovský, are looking for a statue of Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy on the roof of the Rudolfinum during the war. As a member of an inferior race, the statues must be removed at the request of the Protector Mr. Heydrich, because he cannot have such an individual, even if made from stone, above his head on the roof of the building where he has his office. By mistake, they end up taking off statue of Richard Wagner, based on the size of the nose.

The recording combines the sound of water dropping from the melting snow from the roof of the Rudolfinum, falling down the gutter with the ambience of the fragilités exhibition, mainly the sound track from the projection of William Kentridge's animation film, Sibyl.

"Vulnerability and fragility have today emerged as key concepts, relating to both human and ecological conditions, and the exhibition fragilités unfolds these concepts, views and sensibilities. Trans-generational and trans-historical, it brings together artists who have deeply engaged with fragility in many ways and reflected on its tensions, complexities and paradoxes."

from the curators text